The Journey: Top Rising Forward Prospects – Late-Round Edition

Dave Hall


Well, it's official. Barring any further complications or spikes in cases over the next three weeks, we are poised to have playoff hockey and tons of it. While I certainly had my reservations regarding the resumption of play, once everyone is placed in their respected bubbles, I do admit that this can certainly work. 

If you are curious about any prospects joining their teams as a member of the expanded rosters, I recommended you check out my previous June editions of The Journey where I covered each conference. 


Now, for the task at hand. Dobber recently dropped his Top 200 Forward Prospect rankings for the month of July, which once again had its share of risers and fallers. Seeing as I have seen many dynasty leagues starting up, one of which I am involved in, I thought I would focus on players towards the bottom of the list, those who generally get left out of the conversation.

Here are a couple of deep option risers for you to target in the later rounds that I believe could provide with some upside down the road. 

Samuel Walker Tampa Bay Lightning

Rankings – April: 188, May: 190, July: 175

Position: Center

Two seasons into his NCAA career with the Golden Gophers, Walker has proven to be a consistent point producer as well as a leader on the ice. Despite dropping to the seventh round in the 2017 entry draft, he has taken giant leaps in becoming one of the Lightning’s most talked-about prospects. His size had always been a lingering issue, however, now listed at 6-0, 170 lbs., he seems to be gaining size at a rapid rate. 

Considered somewhat of a "boom or bust" player, I believe Walker is a worthy gamble. Playing on such a high-powered organization could either provide either a perfect environment for him to thrive in, or hinder him from moving up the rankings. Yet, if he slides to an appropriate round, take a flyer and enjoy the ride. 

Nico SturmMinnesota Wild